Naked Lunch

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Grove Press, Oct 10, 2009 - Fiction - 299 pages
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Naked Lunch is one of the most important novels of the twentieth century, a book that redefined not just literature but American culture. An unnerving tale of a narcotics addict unmoored in New York, Tangiers, and ultimately a nightmarish wasteland known as interzone, its formal innovation, formerly taboo subject matter, and tour de force execution have exerted their influence on the work of authors like Thomas Pynchon, J. G. Ballard, and William Gibson; on the relationship of art and obscenity; and on the shape of music, film and media generally. Naked Lunch: The Restored Text includes many editorial corrections on the text, several essays he wrote over the years about the book, and an appendix of 20 percent new material and alternate drafts from the original manuscript, which predates the first published version. For the Burroughs enthusiast and the neophyte, this volume is a valuable and fresh experience of this classic of our culture.

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User Review  - mortensengarth - LibraryThing

pure bile. drugs may have been cool and exciting and rebellious in 1960 but...theyve lost their shock value over the past decades. it seems so many of these ivy leaguers dropped out and smoked their ... Read full review

A Dark, Sinister Orgasm

User Review  - Sykes - Borders

Man has rarely ever wanted vision such as this. It is with a great, and terrible beauty in which the world of addiction (consumerism) illuminates the carcass of its dying self. "Language is an alien virus." Read full review

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About the author (2009)

William S. Burroughs was born in St. Louis in 1914. He is best-known work is 1959's "Naked Lunch"-which became the focus of a landmark 1962 Supreme Court decision that helped eliminate literary censorship in the United States. Described by Norman Mailer as one of America's few writers genuinely "possessed by genius," he died in 1997. His many other works include "Junky" and "The Place of Dead Roads" (Picador).

Barry Mileswrites about the Beat Generation and 1960s culture and is the author of more than 50 books, including the authorized Paul McCartney biography. From 1975 to 1978, he was a regular writer for"New Musical Express", and in 1978 he edited"Time Out"(UK). He lives in London.

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